Critics Consensus

Though it sports a slick look and feel, Surrogates fails to capitalize on a promising premise, relying instead on mindless action and a poor script.



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People are living their lives remotely from the safety of their own homes via robotic surrogates-sexy, physically perfect mechanical representations of themselves. It's an ideal world where crime, pain, fear and consequences don't exist. When the first murder in years jolts this utopia, FBI agent Greer discovers a vast conspiracy behind the surrogate phenomenon and must abandon his own surrogate, risking his life to unravel the mystery.

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Ving Rhames
as The Prophet
James Cromwell
as Older Canter
Jack Noseworthy
as Strickland
Michael Cudlitz
as Colonel Brendon
Helena Mattsson
as JJ the Blonde
Brian Parrish
as Hard Hat
Shane Dzicek
as Jared Canter
Andrew Haserlat
as Undergrad #1
Justin Goodrich
as Undergrad #2
Lisa Hernandez
as Female Newscaster
Kirk Hawkins
as Male Newscaster
Rachel Sterling
as Assistant
Meta Golding
as Female Counsel
Taylor Cole
as Female Lawyer
Jordan Belfi
as Victor Welch
J.L. Highsmith
as Steinberg
Nicholas Purcell
as Pulaski/Commando
Max Murphy
as Captain
Dorothy Brodesser
as Female Dread
Tyson Eberly
as 40% Off
Michael DeMello
as Gate Guard
Ron Murphy
as Pedestrian
Genevieve Johnson
as Older Woman
Cody Christian
as Boy Canter
Gabriel Olds
as Agent #1
Eamon Brooks
as Agent #2
Rodney Weber
as FBI Guard
De'Lon Grant
as Commando
Trevor Donovan
as Surrie/Greer
Brock Gloor
as Riot Agent
Paul Shafer
as Human Sniper
Ari Mostow
as Kid #1
Taylar Bunts
as Receptionist
Edward McCabe
as Controller/Commando
Anya Monzikova
as Beautiful Woman
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Critic Reviews for Surrogates

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (26)

  • Every sci-fi and action flick cliché is crammed in here and Mostow couldn't give a damn if you've seen them all before. He might not do them better, but he'll do them well enough.

    Sep 28, 2009 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Whatever the reason, Surrogates was shielded from the eyes of critics before its opening, and that's a shame. Because, whatever its flaws, it is a good movie.

    Sep 27, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • If the whole point of this surrogate society is to appear as a perfectly beautiful avatar, why would Bruce Willis choose that ludicrous blond wig that looks like he plucked it off a mannequin at Boscov's?

    Sep 27, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Surrogates is entertaining and ingenious, but it settles too soon for formula.

    Sep 27, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The premise for this sci-fi actioner makes sense for about four seconds, after which you begin to wonder why everyone on the planet would willingly become a shut-in, how the poor are supposed to shell out for these high-tech androids, etc.

    Sep 27, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Give credit to filmmaker Jonathan Mostow for keeping the movie on track; give credit to star Bruce Willis for keeping a straight face.

    Sep 27, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Surrogates

  • Sep 20, 2015
    Like most films in this genre It has a good idea but fails to make any of its ideas work or feel fresh mostly down to the story being told poorly and really doesn't know where to take the story so it uses an ending that was predictable, The effects were good and some nice action scenes but that's it really, Willis does his best to try and save the film but even he can't help it feeling like an I,Robot knock off.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2014
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 25, 2013
    I think Surrogates hits a little bit too close to home for many which is why there is a collective hate on. I personally found the story line to be an accurate depiction of where life may be heading. It is in the execution that this film falls a little short.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2013
    Smart and provocative, Surrogates is a fascinating science fiction thriller. In a world where humanity is living life remotely through automated robots called "surrogates," the social order becomes threatened when an FBI investigation uncover the existence of a weapon that has been developed to kill a person through their surrogate. The material is quite rich and does a good job at exploring how technology changes a person and takes away their humanity. And, director Jonathan Mostow crafts at intriguing vision of a future dominated by robotics. Additionally, the cast, which includes Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, and Ving Rhames, give some interesting performances. Some areas of the film are underdeveloped, but overall Surrogates is entertaining and full of intriguing science fiction concepts.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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